Cape Town – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently under house arrest, promises a notorious first guest when the first episode of his new talk show, The World Tomorrow
, starts on Tuesday on the news channel Russia Today (RT), broadcast on DStv channel 405.The World Tomorrow
will have its debut on Tuesday at 13:30 (South African time). MultiChoice, which carries RT on the DStv platform, neither include the channel in online listings nor provide an electronic programme guide (EPG).
But RT in Russia tells Channel24 The World Tomorrow
will debut simultaneously around the world – 13:30 on Tuesday in South Africa, 07:30 in New York and 21:30 in Sydney.
RT will also make full episodes of The World Tomorrow
available online, as well as provide behind-the-scenes content on the show's official website
Instead of the 10 episodes announced initially there will now be 12 half-hour episodes of The World Tomorrow
with several repeats of every weekly episode.
Tuesday 17 April is significant for Assange since it marks the 500th day of "the international blockade on WikiLeaks funding".Secret locationThe World Tomorrow
is recorded in London in a secret location where Assange is holed up and has been under house arrest for over a year without being officially charged, awaiting a decision on possible extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault.
"Five hundred days now I've been detained without charge. But that hasn't stopped us," he says. "We’re on a quest for revolutionary ideas that can change the world tomorrow."
Of the show's first guest Margarita Simonyan, RT editor-in-chief says the news channel has "no doubts that this particular guest and this interview will lead to calls to shut us down from some especially hawkish personalities who have little respect for freedom of speech".
Assange says the 12 episodes will focus on "figures who normally simply would not be given a voice on TV at all. What is fair to say is that the majority of what they have said to me, they could not say on a mainstream TV network".Watch the trailer for Julian Assange's The World Tomorrow here: